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U.K's DB Schenker Rail appoints logistics manager, tests 'High Speed' route trains


DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd. recently appointed Carsten Hinne managing director of logistics to head an expansion of the company’s intermodal and rail logistics division.

He will be responsible for expanding DB Schenker Rail's existing intermodal services from ports and inland terminals in the United Kingdom. Hinne also will be charged with developing transportation and logistics opportunities for U.K. customers with European and international supply chains, particularly by securing freight-rail business for the “High Speed 1” rail route from the Channel Tunnel to London, DB Schenker Rail officials said in a prepared statement.

Hinne most recently was vice president of strategy for DB Schenker Rail. He previously held numerous positions in Deutsche Bahn AG’s mergers and acquisitions division.

“Intermodal rail freight is a key growth area for us and through this appointment, we have the skills and leadership in place to deliver the right services for customers to achieve modal shift from road to rail,” said DB Schenker Rail Chief Executive Officer Alain Thauvette.

Meanwhile, the company continues to introduce regular European-sized freight trains on the High Speed 1 route. A train traversed the route on May 27, the first of five loaded freight train trials DB Schenker Rail expects to conduct on High Speed 1 by June’s end.

After tests are completed, the company plans to connect the U.K. to the rest of the pan-European freight-rail market via the route. The tests are a "significant step" toward enabling larger freight trains to travel from anywhere in Europe to London on DB Schenker Rail's network, said Thauvette.

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